Policy on Post Harvest Crops
This document provides guidance to DIR licence holders and applicants on crops that may be grown during the post harvest monitoring period after field trials. Currently this advice is limited to field trials of GM brassica (Brassica napus, Brassica juncea) and GM cotton.
Most DIR licences issued by the Gene Technology Regulator for limited and controlled releases (‘field trials’) of GM plants include post harvest monitoring (PHM) obligations. These include the detection and destruction of any volunteer GM plants at the location where the trial has occurred to ensure that the GMOs do not persist or proliferate at the site or disseminate from the site. For PHM obligations to cease, site ‘sign-off’ is required. To qualify, the licence holder must be able to demonstrate that the site has been free of GM volunteers for a specified period of time.